The COVID-19 pandemic has forced millions of employers to reassess their priorities and formulate new strategies for the future. As employees continue to work remotely and as the nation prepares itself for the slow and steady return to work, business owners are beginning to ask themselves what workplace culture will be like once the crisis has passed.
Before the pandemic, employers could implement an array of tactics and practices to create a healthy and thriving working environment for employees. But now that social distancing has become the norm, what can employers do to create an optimally safe and productive workplace culture in the aftermath of COVID-19?
This article will explore three crucial considerations for employers to bear in mind as they set out to reintroduce employees to the workplace during the COVID-19 crisis.
Here’s How the COVID-19 Crisis Will Change Company Culture and Workplace Norms
To facilitate a safe and orderly return to work, employers need to become familiar with certain new best practices surrounding workplace safety. These have been developed throughout the crisis, and their proper implementation can make it easier for your company to foster a healthy and flourishing workplace culture during the pandemic.
Here are three important health and safety considerations to keep in mind as you design your post-COVID-19 workplace culture:
- Working from home will continue to be the norm. Even when your employees have begun to transition back to the workplace, it will be important to continue to allow them the option of working remotely. This simple strategy will greatly reduce the risk of viral transmission in the workplace, and it will simultaneously alleviate a great deal of stress for both you and your team.
- Workplace organization and layout will need to be reassessed. Large company gatherings and parties in the workplace will need to be put on hold for the time being. You should also make sure that your office has been restructured according to the Center for Disease Control’s workplace safety guidelines.
- Communication will be more important than ever. Employees have more than enough to feel anxious about right now, which will continue to be the case as businesses start to reopen. To minimize anxiety and organize an optimal return to the workplace, it will be essential to communicate with your team as much as possible. As you develop a communication strategy, try to place yourself in your employees’ shoes. What are their biggest concerns likely to be about the return to work, and what information will you need to provide them with to make them feel as confident as possible? To learn more about communicating with your team and other HR tips to bear in mind during COVID-19, check out this article.
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